Baltimore Orioles Spring Training: Six Bold Predictions

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Mar 1, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher

Jason Garcia

(61) poses for a photo during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Rule 5 Selection Jason Garcia excels and is kept …

The buzz surrounding Rule 5 selection Jason Garcia is palpable, all of the way to Maryland. Though he has never pitched higher than A-level baseball, he has velocity and “stuff” that simply can’t be taught.

In the intra-squad game on Sunday, he was clearly the one pitcher that stood out in the comments of all who were there. He fanned Nolan Reimold and Matt Tuiasosopo, while getting Ryan Lavarnway to fly out to center.

For better or worse, the Baltimore Orioles are fascinated with Rule 5 players. And though conventional wisdom would seem to dictate that the odds of Garcia or Logan Verrett actually sticking with a defending AL East champion team are very long, the temptation to land a great talent for a cheap price may be too much to pass up.

I am betting that Garcia makes the team and is kept, at least for the early portion of the season and for as long as he pitches well.

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